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in benghazi. the goal, to protect the people of libya. now a senior u.s. military official tells cnn the u.s. has launched its first air strikes in the western part of the country. those u.s. tomahawk missiles have landed in the area around tripoli and misrata. >> and this as moammar gadhafi sends letters to the u.n. and its allies warning them to stay out of his country. >> meanwhile, the leader behind the u.n. resolution gathered in paris today to map out the road ahead. french warplanes are circling over libya, enforcing that yuu. sanctioned no-fly zone. >> and they have flexed military muscle firing on a libyan military vehicle. our senior international correspondent, nic robertson, is joining us right now from tripoli. nic, there were some reports that there were loud booming noises. now perhaps we know in large part why. perhaps as a result of those u.s. tomahawk missile strikes? >> reporter: yeah. it's not possible for us to confirm it at the moment in tripoli. there certainly would be a number of targets here. the former u.s. air base east of the city here houses not only some of the
-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> u.s. missiles light the mediterranean sky and operation "odyssey dawn" is now under way. a coalition of western arab states launched the first strikes on libya. >>> french warplanes lead the assault. the allies' goal to stop moammar gadhafi from butchering his own people to stay in power. >> at this hour, some of the besieged towns including in benghazi in ruins but it's still in the hands of rebels. benghazi is right now, after days of pleading for help, they're finally getting it. the international community is responding right now with decisive effects. we want to welcome our viewers to this special edition of "the situation room." i'm wolf blitzer in washington. >> and i'm jonathan mann in atlanta. we welcome you to our continuing coverage of "target libya." it's been an extraordinary 48 hours. thursday afternoon, we saw the u.n. security council authorize the establishment of a no-fly zone over libya. and in just the last few hours, we have seen the first flights to bring that to the air. now, eight years to the day after u.s. militar
in washington president obama is facing lots of criticism for the u.s. mission in libya. two and a half hours from now he'll try to ease concerns about the operation's goals, its costs and the end game. his remarks coming a little over a week from the first coalition air strikes and critical time for opposition fighters on the ground. gadhafi's troops wiped out some of the gains but in recent days coalition air strikes have helped rebels seize some of the northern stays. now to reza sayah with more on benghazi. what's the latest information, ressa, that you are getting. >> reporter: these forces had an impressive three days capturing five towns from the gadhafi forces. today they finally met some resistance, the first in about 72 hours. that resistance coming in the city of sirte, gadhafi's birthplace, his hometown. when you talk to opposition officials here they anticipated a fights there and they got t.rebel figorces pushing back a one rebel fighter telling cnn that he and a group of other fighters cornelio sommaruga gadhafi soldiers waving a right flag, that, of course, the universal signa
at from the u.s. navy. i'm don lemon from the cnn headquarters in atlanta. >> i'm jonathan mann. a special edition of "the situation room" with wolf blitzer is next. >>> thanks very much. french jets take off. the allied gauntlet comes down. a coalition of western and arab states launching the first strikes on libya. >> yoins in firing missiles against gadhafi's forces around misrata, to stop gadhafi from butchering his own people. >>> at this hour the besieged town of benghazi is in tatters we're told but still in the control of the rebels. after days of pleading for help they're getting it right now. the international community responding with decisive force. >>> hello to our viewers in the united states and around the world. we want to welcome you to a special edition of "the situation room." i'm wolf blitzer in washington and joined by jonathan mann in atlanta. jon, this is going to be a very ferocious fight given everything we know about moammar gadhafi, his sons, those most loyal to him. they are not going to give up really quickly. >> nearly 25 years after the u.s. attacked moammar
military targets overnight. a spokesman suggests u.s. combat operations may have peaked. the u.s. role is in the no-fly zone. it's moving from action to patrolling phase today. libyan handlers took journalists to see damage inside gadhafi's compound. that happened earlier today. a possible missile wrecked a four-story building. gadhafi was not the target. >>> defense secretary robert gates arrived in russia today as that country's prime minister turned up the heat. putin ripped the united states for what he called a steady trend of intervention abroad. >> we expected in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition and be a member of the coalition and have a military role in the coalition. >> arab league president is toning down his criticism of the coalition attacks. he met with u.n. secretary moon in cairo today saying he's committed to the u.n. resolution on libya. yesterday, he complained the campaign was too broad and civilians were killed. >>> libya freed four new york times journalists today. the four cro
libya since the operation was launched 24 hours ago. >> u.s. joint chiefs of staff chairman mike mullen says most of gadhafi's air defense systems and airfields have been taken out. libyan ground forces have also been hit. >> the no-fly zone is effectively in place. we have combat air patrol or aircraft over benghazi and we will have them there for on a 24/7 basis. move that to the west and he hasn't flown any aircraft for the last two days. the whole goal here is to get it in place. two, be in a position so that he is unable to massacre his own civilians and that we effect the humanitarian support. from that standpoint, the initial operations have been very effective. >> besides the u.s. britain and france countries taking part in the libyan operation include italy, spain, canada, and qatr. >> gadhafi vowed to fight back what he calls terrorists attacking his country. >> we be victorious. we will achieve victory on behalf of the people. we have allah with us. have you the devil on your side. >> he called coalition nation it is new nazis and promised a, quote, long drawn war. >> nic rob
and what this could mean for u.s. forces. we're also standing by for a statement from the secretary of state hillary clinton. we're also standing by for a statement from the nato secretary-general in brussels. stand by for that. >>> moammar gadhafi is still on the attack, on this the sixth night of pounding by the coalition forces. an explosion and anti-aircraft fire echos in tripoli just a little while ago. could the outrageous failure at reagan happen again? the fallout, the danger at two planes coming in for a landing radioed the control tower and got no answer. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." let's begin with the breaking news. the united states may be closer to giving up its lead role in the fight to protect lickance from gadhafi's forces. right now there's new uncertainty, though, about a tentative deal for nato to take command of the mission. we have lots of questions about how this might play out and how it might affect the overall goal of seeing gadhafi go away. the secretary of state hillary clinton will make a statement a little more that an hour from no
in the euro after it jumped to a four-month high against the u.s. dollar on thursday. now coming away from that a little bit, but obviously underlying that, underpinning the euro was the central bank president. slightly caught investors offguard when he said interest rates may rise as soon as next month. people had been betting in terms of june or may. the yen at 82.44 to the dollar. >>> investors across asia seem to be focusing pretty much what's going on in the u.s. we've got that better than expected jobs number out. it was a weekly jobs number which is providing a pretty strong indicator, at least that's how it's being seen for the u.s. economy. that rally overnight. and that helped the markets pretty much across the board here in asia. all four of the key markets up by more than 1.4%. there was a weaker yen against the u.s. dollar in japan, that helped the exporters. all in all, hong kong up 1.25%, shanghai 1.3%, and australia with a 1.2% gain. >>> well, if you thought that was impressive, let's have a look at the u.s. markets. and essentially what we're looking at is the best session
's talk about that also with retired u.s. army general george jalwan, the nato allied supreme commander. if in fact this is true that the president in recent days, maybe the past week or two, signed a covert action order, a finding, as they call it, to secretly assist the rebels who are fighting gadhafi's forces, what does that say to you? >> first of all, i have no knowledge of whether he signed a finding or not. it may be one of two things, may be an actual sort of action or it could be keep pressure on gadhafi to really feel the heat that he's feeling now with the resignation of his foreign minister and also with what i think is what is happening in london where the international community is very much united in what needs to be done. >> for all practical purposes the coalition, now nato control, they -- they have taken aside in this civil war, they want to help the rebels and see gadhafi go, even though the u.n. security council resolution didn't go that far as we all know. here's the question. if in fact the president signed a secret finding that goes way beyond what the coalition
, be careful over there. we'll stay in close touch. thank you. >>> u.s. officials say the defection shun of libya's foreign minister shows pressure is having an effect. moussa koussa led to london yesterday. hes the highest ranks official to break with the regime. he once serve as the intelligence chief, and has secrets to tell. the british prime minister says there's no deal of any kind to give moussa koussa immunity. joining us from tripoli, nic robertson. nic, you're getting some reaction from the libyan government on the defection shun of the foreign minister moussa koussa. >> reporter: we haven't had a reaction from the top, gu the government is saying they allowed him to deeffect, because of health reasons. they said he had a heart condition, but it's very clear from the fact that it took them limb 24 hours to respond to the defection that they didn't know it was coming. the government's trying to put the best face on it that they can, but it rings hollow. moussa koussa tricked this government, tricked the leadership and has left the country and left them hanging, wolf. >> how sign
the american navy. u.s. president obama who was in brazil for trade discussions talked about the discussion to take military action. >> the u.s. of force is not our first choice. and it's not a choice i make lightly. but we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy. >> to take a look now at this map. this gives you an idea of where coalition strikes were aimed. also the areas of the no fly zone. the main areas are interest are been goes benghazi and the heart of tripoli. moammar gadhafi addressed his people and the world, saying libya will wipe out the aggressors from the united states, britain and france. >> we will be victorious, achieve victory on behalf of the people. we have allah with us. you have the devil on your side. what right have you got to attack our people? who gave you that right? who are you? you backward barbaries. this is an aggression that has no justification. this atrocity. we will hold to our land, to our rights. we will fight inch by inch. this land has been stained with t the plod of our people, our leaders, our forefathers. >> now t
. u.s. missiles light the mediterranean sky. operation odyssey dawn under way. a coalition of western and arab states are unleashing strikes on libyan targets right now. the allies' goal, the stop moammar gadhafi from butchering his own citizens to stay in power. tonight, he shows no signs of backing down. at least not yet. a spokesman for his embattled government calls the allied attack "barbaric." good evening, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we would like to welcome our viewers from around the world. this is a special edition of "the situation room," "target libya." but we begin with breaking news. cnn is live tonight across libya with what's going on. our senior international correspondent nic robertson is reporting from tripoli where sounds of attacks echoed through the night. and our correspondent arwa damon is with us, she's in benghazi where rebels have been trying to hold on to that city. let's get to both of them in just a moment. but first, in just the last hour, we've heard explosions and gunfire across tripoli. >> no word yet who exactly is behind it. it comes hours after
to rain down. aircraft like this u.s. marine corps harrier jet have flown more than 212 missions so far against the libyan forces. ships in the mediterranean has launched more than 160 tomahawk cruise missiles. in the daylight the damage is becoming clear. this is what is left of several large rocket launchers, trucks and also other military hardware in tripoli's port area. far to the east, a u.s. fighter plane crashed due to mechanical problems. that happened near the opposition strong hold of bengahzi. the two-man crew parachuted from the doomed aircraft. u.s. marines managed to extract crewmen, one was picked up by rebels and taken to a luxury hotel suite. he's back in american hands. two days after the coalition missile slammed into his tripoli compound, a defined moammar gadhafi has been addressing supporters. he urged muslims worldwide to join the battle against what he calls blatant aggression. >> translator: we will be victorious in this fight. we will not give up. they will not penalize us. we are making fun of their rockets. the libyans are laughing at these rockets. we will d
, and the u.s. are scrambling to enforce a no-fly zone over libya now that the u.n. security council has authorized all necessary measures. cnn international correspondent nic robertson is live in tripoli. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, we've already heard from the deputy foreign minister here who says he doesn't expect immediate air strikes here, but wouldn't say what preparations the army or anyone else in the country may be taking to defend the country with this new u.n. resolution. when he was asked about the cease-fire that the resolution calls for, he seemed to indicate that the government here was going to take some time to do that. they didn't have anyone to negotiate with that they would put it in place. but this was something that was going to take time. seemed to hint that the army here may plan to continue with some of its offensive. that offensive was going on in the east, and we have no updated information from that front line this morning, christine. >> does this u.n. resolution paint -- does it paint them into a corner, gadhafi and his alli
>>> u.s. fire power. allied military muscle. speeding towards libya to stop a brutal civil war. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy. >> translator: he's totally defied the warning. >> moammar gadhafi isn't backing down. >> translator: now all detos will be open and armed people to defend people and its unity. >> a showdown of force on many sides with global impact. >> we'd like to welcome our viewers around the globe watching special coverage. i'm don lemon. >> i'm john vause. the time for warnings is over. the time for action is now. as the u.s. joins a coalition of countries targeting moammar gadhafi's forces. heavy gun fire and explosion in libya's capital of tripoli hours after the coalition attacked the defenses. in theatest move british jets flew 3,000 miles to carry out a missile strike on key targets. >> john, earlier the pentagon said u.s. and british ships and submarines fired more than 110 tomahawk missiles. they hit about 20 libyan air and missile defense targets. coalition calling this "operation odyssey dawn." >> f
of action, now comes the patrolling of a no-fly zone over libya. that's the word from africa. u.s. military's africa command describes phase two of an allied campaign to protect libyan civilians from their own government. the action phase include add cruise missile strike on the heart of moammar gadhafi's compound in tripoli. libyan officials say no one was hurt, and the allies say gadhafi is not being targeted. the bombed out building supposedly house add military command and control center. after well over 100 missile launches on saturday, an efricon spokesman says operation odyssey dawn as it's called may have peaked. nine other members and nato may take the lead, though that is still being decide. and libyan fighters are still on the move. word from misrata east of tripoli, gadhafi's tanks unleashed absolute destruction and carnage. a witness says they are shooting people in the main street. an exclusive cnn poll finds broad american support for the allied mission. more than 80% say protecting libyans from their longtime dictator should be a somewhat or very important goal of the u.s. b
. we have lots of things in common with the u.s., fast, generous territory, homogeneous people, hardworking people. we don't have racial problems that affect some african countries or the wars that are waged in europe nor the religious conflict of europe itself. and therefore latin america is called to compromise or rather commitment with its own fate. and therefore we are looking forward to president obama's words. we are all left-handed. we have many coincidences. we studied in harvard, both of us. we are sportsmen. president obama continues to be a basketball player. i was in my time as well. i think the first lady of the u.s. is very good-looking, and president obama has said the same thing about the first lady of chile. there are plenty of 0 coincidences. but the most important one is the one we'll find this afternoon, and modestly if i could suggest to president obama, we hope to have a partnership that is two -- one where we have all responsibilities and not existentialism because it's never been enough. rather a partnership of collaboration between latin america and the
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can call the obama doctrine, when to deploy u.s. military forces around the world. he laid out the case when it's in the united states interest to use military force, when it's in the united states interest not to use military force, and this is the example that he gave, this is going to be the precedent, what the united states has done now in libya, presumably given the explosion of unrest that's happening right now throughout north africa and the middle east, if there are similar circumstances that develop in other countries, whether in syria, or yemen and bahrain, and the potential of mass slaughter of civilians is there, the pressure will be on this president to go ahead and authorize what the president authorized in libya. and the greatest potential for the u.s., if there's a revolution, and if there's serious unrest in iran and the people are standing up against mahmoud ahmadinejad and the i ayatollahs take similar action as far as iran is concerned. i think we can call this the obama doctrine. >> and he also made it clear what the limits of this mission is as he sees it
of hitting him. it is, according to the allied forces, according to the u.s. president barack obama an others, it is is to keep the people of libya safe. they're there for the safety of the people. does this change anything now that moammar gadhafi's compound has been stuck? >> i don't think so. i think the commanding control was always on the list, the intent to hit it. not him directly. i would suspect when we went into this we have a no target, no shoot list, restricted fire zone which designates mosques, buildings such as hospitals and his headquarters was on that no target list. but remember last night and early tonight you saw air defense weapons from that compound shooting in the air. you've got two possible scenarios. you've got a scenario where a pilot could have seen that anti-aircraft weapon, a zsu-23-4, could have been at the top of the building, could have been shooting. don't know the fact s yet, but commend robinson and his crew for going there. the other moment is, the moment that cnn crew walked on the scene, all of our targeteers are watching this, everybody is using cnn int
forces today, and the regime is offering a reward, almost half a million u.s., for the capture of a top opposition figure. we have new cnn video coming in from ras lanuf where rebels with fighting to hold their ground. government troops are using planes and heavy artillery to try to retake the eastern oil city. in the western city of zawiya, libyan television showed government supporters cheering in the streets today, but there are now unconfirmed reports that rebels have retaken the main square there. after days of heavy fighting, it's almost impossible to get through to anyone in zawiya for any independent confirmation of what's going on there. today gadhafi is also sending a new warning to the united states and its allies as they consider imposing a no-fly zone over libya. he promises that all libyans will fight back against what he calls an act of aggression and an attempt to control libya's oil. >> translator: it will be clear aggression. it will also be clear that the intentions are to control libya's oil, choke libya's liberty, land and people. all of the libyans carry weapons so
evening, everyone. tonight anti-aircraft flyers echo in tripoli as the u.s. and its allies attack moammar gadhafi's infrastructure. the anti-gadhafi opposition collective bargainingates the intervention but says it needs more help including more air strikes as it tries to retake key cities in eastern libya. president obama said regime change in libya is his personal goal but the president stresses it's not an objective of the military campaign and says the united states is already stepping back into more of a support role and letting other countries police the no fly zone. >> because it relieves the burden on our military, and relieves the burden on u.s. taxpayers to fulfill what is an international mission and not simply a u.s. mission. >> but some leading members of congress complain the president hasn't spelled out a clear mission and say they aren't so sure the fight will be as short as the white house hopes. >> we taught declare war. take a vote. take responsibility. the american people will find this has a long lasting tinge to it, very expense civilian tinge to it. >> more from sen
obama from the east room of the white house essentially saying the u.s. will help lead the international enforcement of a no-fly zone over libya. he also took some time there outlining what american forces will not be doing. >> the united states is not going to deploy ground troops into libya and we are not going the use force to go beyond a well-defined goal. >> in moments i'll be speaking live with nic robertson in libya and wolf blitzer about who makes the next move here. that's in just a moment. we're also learning here as we're staying on top of the story in japan, we're learning trace amounts of radiation have reached the united states' west coast, all the way from this fukushima daiichi power plant in japan. so i'll be speaking with the mayor of los angeles shortly. and we'll find out what the new danger rating is right around fukushima, where that power plant is still out of control here. it's been one week to the day after the earthquake and tsunami hit. looked at this video here, video that was flagged for us, showing some of the new views we're getting from the powerful tsunam
is preparing his own take on the u.s. role in the war. >>> also this morning, new fears in japan as radiation levels reach stunning new heights, and the air around the damaged nuclear plant is no longer the worry. rather, it's the water. >>> also something we're keeping an eye on right now in great britain. budget cuts are coming at a high cost for british leaders. protesters on the streets this morning clashing with police officers over proposed austerity measures. we'll have the latest from there. again, this is happening right now. from the cnn center, this is your cnn start morning for this march the 26th. i'm t.j. holmes. we do want to start with a new and disturbing incident in tripoli. this happened today. it's a story that maybe highlights the brutality of a regime that so many people are now fighting against. we want to bring in our cnn international correspondent nic robertson with the latest. tell us what happened. >> reporter: well, t.j., it all began this morning over breakfasttime when a lady came into the hotel, a middle aged appeared to be very respectable lady came into the h
out much of libya's air defenses. strong and successful. that's how the u.s. defense secretary describes the operation so far. but he also sounds a warning. in benghazi, the rebels celebrate as the libyan military calls for an immediate cease-fire. allied forces say they'll wait and see if this time that promise is genuine. >>> good evening, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we want to welcome our viewers watching on cnn networks around the world. this is a cnn special -- libya war. tonight we're live from five continents as we cover the military movements, the political back-and-forth and the diplomatic steps being taken against moammar gadhafi and his regime. here's what we know now. a senior official with coalition forces tells cnn allies targeted a building in moammar gadhafi's compound in tripoli because it was connected to the command and control of libyan troops. there's no indication colonel gadhafi was inside the building. strikes on the north african nation are to continue despite calls by the libyan government for a stop to the fighting. allies don't trust gadhafi's fo
[ gunfire ] >>> when the u.s. bombed libya, the first retaliation unfolded on our newscast. explosions and heavy gunfire lighting up the night sky like fireworks. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com circumstance success >>> and from war to fear. misery and also miracles. nine days buried beneath the rubble in japan, rescued alive. >>> and a story here in the united states that certainly deserves your attention tonight. [ gunfire ] >> boy, look at that. how a frightening hostage situation ends when the s.w.a.t. team opens fire. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. we start tonight. this is tripoli just a short time ago. take a look. [ gunfire ] >> loud explosions ring out in libya's capital city. it is midnight right now in that country and in the midst of all this unrest this is what libya's state-run government broadcasting is running right now. it's a tale of two very different realities. we'll show you that in a moment. as we go on air, the libyan army is announcing a second cease-fire, yet moammar gadhafi's group is blasting fire into the night skiet
libya's air defenses. the u.s. and british military fired a total of 124 tomahawk cruise missiles. u.s. officials say they are getting ready to hand over operational control of the military mission. >> we expect in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition. we'll be a member of the coalition. we'll have a military role in the coalition. we will not have the pre-eminent role. >> let's get the military perspective on this from cnn's pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence. let's start with secretary gates pledge to hand over control in just a couple days. first, what exactly does that mean and is it realistic? >> what it means is they are looking now to set up some sort of structure by which another entity could take control that could be nato although i've been told by a source that there is some reluctance to fly under a nato flag and another thing is so up a separate command and control structure. in one key area u.s. participation may have already peaked this morning. i was told just this morning by an offi
from south korea. u.s. military ships are delivering food and relief supplies and a british rescue team is scheduled to arrive on sunday with heavy lifting equipment and 150 rescue experts and search dogs from virginia and california are on their way to japan to help right now. >>> a few people have tested positive for radiation exposure according to a report on japanese public television. they were near a nuclear facility when something inside the plant exploded shortly after the earthquake. government officials say the reactor itself was not damaged. >>> and hawaii is moving to get federal funds to help rebuild in the aftermath of the tsunami. it struck the hawaiian islands early yesterday morning, sweeping maui's coast with six-foot waves, causing millions of dollars in damage. and hawaii's governor signed a state of disaster proclamation today. >>> and in california, governor jerry brown has declared a state of emergency in four counties. in crescent city, waves topped eight feet. in northern california, one man was killed when he was swept out to sea while taking pictures of the ts
on rebels this hour. new targets, more carnage and the intense pressure for u.s. military action. >>> also, the crisis that libya keeps pushing up gas prices across the country. that's creating more economic misery here at home, and new political danger for president obama. plus, protesters warn the u.s. congress may, may be on the brink of stoking new violence against muslims. anger and anticipation are building before controversial hearings this week on islamic extremism in america. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." libya centering the fourth week of what's now a full-fledged civil war. moammar gadhafi's forces are claiming new gains in their pounding of rebel-held cities. gadhafi maintaining a tight grip on the capital of tripoli, and the opposition appears to be holding out to benghazi in the east, but there are conflicting reports about who is in control of several other key cities, where fierce, fierce battles have been raging now for days. diplomatic sources at the united nations say the united states is working with france and britain on draft resolution on libya, a
this sunday morning with "operation odyssey dawn" well under way. french, u.s., and british coalition forces began hammering key libyan installations late on saturday to enforce a no-fly zone newly approved by the u.n. security council. responding to the fighter jets and cruise missiles, moammar gadhafi's defenses have been peppering libya's skies with anti-aircraft fire. here now the very latest. the pentagon saying that so far, more than 100 u.s. and british tomahawk cruise missiles have slammed into libyan targets aimed primarily at air defense systems. despite the ways of attacks libyan leader gadhafi remains defiant, condemning the coalition strikes and urging people around the world to aid in libya's defense. the british prime minister, david cameron, calls the allied effort against colonel gadhafi the right thing to do. britain's defense secretary says british fighter jets flew 4,800 kilometers from their base in southeastern england to their targets in libya. the country's longest bombing run since the 1982 falklands war. prime minister cameron says the uk's involvement is justified.
of that u.s. fighter jet and we are happy to report both crew members are safe and in u.s. hands. we are covering the angles from the points on the map. nic robertson in tripoli and chris lawrence at the pentagon and retired navy captain alec frazier is here at the cnn center. chris, what is the pentagon saying about this? >> reporter: well, they are saying, bottom line, carol, is that both of these crew members are now off libyan soil and safely back in u.s. hands, but the story of how they got there, is just fascinating. this crew took off from a base in italy overnight and they were on a strike mission. in other words, they weren't necessarily just patrolling. this was a fighter jet specifically designed to go after some of moammar gadhafi's air defense systems. overnight at some point, the military plane got into some mechanical problems and both of the crew members ejected. their chutes worked just fine but they landed in different places. the pilot was picked up by an osprey. that was sitting off the coast about a hundred miles on the "uss kearsarge." the marines, the 26 marine
chris lawrence with a look at what role the u.s. might play in the no-fly zone. chris, live at the pentagon, what's on deck for the u.s. now that the un has passed this? >> ali, the u.s. air force has a base in italy, the navy has two, and the italians have already okayed the use of their area to launch some of the missions in this know fly zone. there was an aircraft carrier in the mediterranean sea near libya. it left earlier this week and is now out in the arabian sea. without a carrier, planes will have to fly possibly farther, which means they won't be able to spend as much time over libyan aerospace which means you may need more planes to carry out the mission. some of the officials i've spoken with here in the pentagon say don't just think of a no-fly as american fighter pilots flying american jets. there are other ways in which the u.s. can contribute. unmanned drones, for instance. the u.s. also has signal-jamming aircraft that could disrupt colonel gadhafi's ability to communicate with his forces. overall what you'll have to do is have a very clear line of command
likely is it will you jump out of your parent's income group? the u.s. did surprisingly poorly coming in behind denmark, norway, sweden, germany, france, canada. two other such studies confirmed this reality. now, i know what my perception is about america. anyone can make it here, and there are lots of high-profile examples of that. but those are anecdotes. the facts say that for the average joe in recent years social mobility has slowed and other countries have moved ahead. similarly among rich countries over the last 25 years our growth rate per person has not been the strongest. now there are clearly places where we are still number one and the number of guns we own far exceeds any other country. we account for 50% of the world's annual production of weapons. we are number one in terms of our total debt to other countries, but there are really many positive places where we are still number one. that's what i began by listing. but my point is the picture today is a lot more mixed than boastful rhetoric about america is number one suggests. the question i have really is what would i
. these were the scenes last night. antiaircraft fire was heard in the skies over the capital. the head of u.s. forces in the region says, progress so far has been, quote, very effective. no libyan aircraft have been seen since allied operations began at the weekend. on the ground, government forces are gradually being pushed back from rebel-held benghazi. >> the coalition extended no-fly zone across other parts of libya. allied planes flew enforcement missions over tripoli and misrata since start. coalition forces have fired 159 tomahawk cruise missiles on libya. a military spokesman says after the initial strikes american forces were moving into what he called a patrolling phase. cnn's nic robertson is in tripoli where colonel gadhafi's forces are been trying to defend the capital. he watched the anti-aircraft fire sweep the sky and explained how libyan gunners are trying to deflect those incoming attacks. >> reporter: military people know more about military things tell me they're trying to create an arc of fire through the sky. that's where they we have the weapon and you see the tracers m
-fire declared on friday. u.s. joint chiefs chairman mike mullen says the u.n.'s no-fly zone is now in place. allied air strikes have done major damage according to another u.s. official. coalition planes are now patrolling the area to deter air attacks on civilians. the u.s., france and great britain have taken big roles in "operation odyssey dawn." italy, canada, spain, belgium, denmark, norway and qatar are also involved. >>> and cnn's nic robertson broke the news of the attack on gadhafi's compound. and we want to play what he and his crew captured on videotape without talking over it, and nic will update us on the other side. take a look. >> 10:30? 10:30. yeah. and those pictures from our nic robertson simply amazing. let's go to him now. nic? >> reporter: don, we were taken into moammar gadhafi's palace compound, a large secure area a couple of square miles. we were taken to a building, we could see the roof had been smashed, two big holes punched in it. we were told by cruise missiles. in fact, we were given some parts that were taken out of the building while we were there. this is a
between the u.s. and japan on this over exactly how much danger really exists. charles? >> okay. stan grant joining us from tokyo. many thanks to you updating us on the situation there, the operation to bring the things under control at the fukushima daiichi plant. thanks again. poly? >> charles, the financial fallout continues to follow the nuclear reactor problems. today the japanese yen hit the strongest level against the dollar. that was one dollar to 76.54 yen which surpassed the previous high of 79.75 in '95. it since pulled back and is right now trading at around 79.11 to one u.s. dollar. now a super strong yen is a very big issue. exporters want a weaker yen. you see it there still at 79. it has still surpassed that 80-en ma80 0 yen mark. japanese companies sell most of their products overseas. when they bring the overseas earnings back home and convert them into yen, a weaker yen means they make more in profits. now i want to show you what's been happening this entire week since monday, march 14th. now the lower the line, the stronger the yen is to the dollar. and it's been g
and the point ready gaining against the u.s. dollar.the dolldollar. the dollar falling against the japanese yen. >> the waenger yen helped give japanese stocks a boost. the nikkei in tokyo is up. most of the major markets have finished the session higher. in shanghai, the market rose after new manufacturing data showed there may not be a need for any immediate tightening measures. two straight surveys showed china's manufacturing growth slowed in february but still remained at a healthy level. beijing's official purchasing managers index slipped slightly to 52.2 last month. that's down from 52.9 in january. >>> and hsbc's february pmi reading fell to a seven-month low of 51.7, down from 54.5 in january. any figure above 50 signals growth. >>> well, shares of hspc fell more than 5% in hong kong trade as asia got its first chance to react to the company's full-year earnings. the company's results were released after the close on monday. its profit more than doubled from the previous year to $13.2 billion. but, here's the key, it's still missed expectations. it's pre-tax profit came in at $19 bill
the operation began 24 hours ago. u.s. joint chiefs of staff chairman admiral mike mullin said most of gadhafi's air defense systems and airfields have been taken out. libyan ground forces have been hit and a no-fly zone is in effect. gadhafi called the coalition nations "the new nazis" and he is vowing to fight back. >> we will be victorious. we will achieve victory on behalf of the people. we have allah with us. you have the devil on your side. [ gunfire ] >> and that is just some of the anti-aircraft fire we heard coming from inside tripoli two hours ago as we were talking to nic robertson. >> right after that, word came about the cease-fire coming from the libyan army, but of course there have been conflicting reports as to whether the army, whether the gadhafi government as a whole is embracing what what one spokesperson said there would be cease-fire that would have started about an hour ago and of course, u.s. military and the coalition nations are now saying this is a wait and see. >> yeah, indeed it is. you know there are a lot of nations enforcing the united nations no-fly zone and t
up to speed on march 31st. >>> u.s. intelligence source says cia operatives are on the ground in libya today to size up rebel fighters. the source says they are not there for battlefield direction. congress asked defense secretary robert gates about the cia story a short time ago. >> do you see the use of cia and u.s. special forces in libya as following the blueprint we used in afghanistan? >> first of all, i can't speak to any cia activities, but i will tell you that the president has been quite clear that in terms of the united states' military there will be no boots on the ground. >> britain says it has not promised immunity to libya's top diplomat. foreign minister moussa koussa defected wednesday. they say this man moi be a treasure trove of information. >> reporter: it's significant for many reasons, not the least of which he was former head of intelligence. not least of which is because he was at one time a wanted figure by european security services. this is a man whose disappearance here wasn't even known by the deputy foreign minister. >> libyan rebels remain in ful
to take control of the sky over libya. possibly changing the role for u.s. troops in that region, and president obama is preparing his remarks on the situation there. >>> and running for cover in the middle east. protesters in syria met with a hail of gunfire. is that the next domino to fall? from the cnn center in atlanta, georgia, this is your cnn "saturday morning." thank you for spending part of your weekend with us. we do want to start in japan right now where there is growing concerns over radiation levels in the ocean near that damaged nuclear plant, but there is some positive news as well from the fukushima plant. radiation levels in the air seem to be decreasing. cnn's paula hancocks live in tokyo. paula, hello. sounds like good news/bad news. let's start with the bad news. >> reporter: that's right, t.j. well, this is the water in the sea just off the coast of the fukushima nuclear plant. according to japan's nuclear safety agency, the levels of radioactive iodine are more than 1,200 levels than they should be. a cause for alarm. we're hearing from the agency it's only
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ignore the first cease-fire declared on friday. u.s. joint chiefs chairman mike mullen says the the u.n.'s no-fly zone is in place. allied air strikes have done major damage to libya's fixed air defense systems according to another u.s. official. coalition planes are now patrolling the area to deter air attacks on civilians. the u.s., france and great britain have taken big roles in "operation odyssey dawn." italy, canada, spain, and belgium are involved. nick will update us on the other side. we want to play this without talking over it and nic will update us on the other side. take a look. [ background voices talking ] [ background voices talking ] >> and those pictures from our nic robertson simply amazing. let's go to him now. nic? >> reporter: we were taken into moammar gadhafi's palace compound, a large area, a couple of square miles. we were taken to a building. we could see the roof had been smashed, two big holes punched in it. we were told missiles and given some parts that were taken out of the building while we were there. this is a thin control system actuator, appears to
that radiation contaminated tap water. >>> a u.s. soldier has pleaded guilty that he and other soldier s killed for sport last year, photographs were apparently showing him and others posing over the bodies of dead afghans. those are the headlines. "world business today" starts right now. >>> hello again. good morning from cnn london. i'm charles hodson. >> and good afternoon from cnn hong kong, i'm pauline chiou. this is "world business today." the top stories on thursday, march 24th. portugal's prime minister quits as parliament votes down plans to tighten austerity measures. now an eu bailout looms. >> japan's devastating earthquake continues to disrupt the global supply chain. we look at why it can be harder to get ahold of a toyota car or an ipad 2. >>> and as the battle for libya continues, europe and the united states tighten their grip on assets owned by moammar gadhafi. >>> well, as many european countries continue to battle their way out of debt, portugal may be next in line for a big bailout. portugal's parliament just rejected a new proposal for more austerity measuring adding to th
the dax. now, after two days of heavy losses as the nuclear crisis continues to unfold in japan, u.s. stocks also ended the day higher on thursday. investor sentiment was lifted by an upbeat look. here's how the numbers settled. take a look at that, dow jones industrial average adding 1.4%, broader gains and also the nasdaq closing up .75% higher. >>> u.s. markets look set for a higher open when trading begins later today. this is where u.s. futures stand at the moment. we could see the dow jones industrial average opening up by .8% higher, nasdaq composite potentially putting on a gain of 1%. at the moment, futures indicate we could see the broader s&p rising about .8%. those markets poised to start the day higher, pauline, but nothing could happen between now and the opening bell. >> yes, but hopefully this is starting a trend. >>> well, just ahead, the u.n. steps up the pressure on moammar gadhafi. but how much will the security council's resolution help the rebels in the eastern part of the country? we'll check out the situation there in just a moment. [ sneezing ] ♪ [ male ann
. president obama says gadhafi must go. >> it is u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. >> now the tough questions. what's the end game? who is really in charge? what do we know about the rebels and what happens if gadhafi won't go? also tonight, another arab regime on the ropes. is yemen the next to fall? and in japan, new fears over radiation and the food supply. is the already desperate population at greater risk? this is a special live edition of "piers morgan tonight" from london. good evening. breaking news from libya and shocking video uploaded to youtube today. cnn cannot independently confirm details of when or where it was shot but it shows civilians on a street being bombed. watch the scene. extraordinary footage of civilians being bombed in misurata. some were heard shouting before the explosion hit. we don't know what happened to the people closest to the explosion or who caused it. we have dramatic new video taken in tripoli showing tracer fire over the city. there have been a series of bombardments from allied forces towards colonel gadhafi's forces. nic robertson is live
interview with former secretary of state, madeleine albright, hear what she has to say about the u.s. policy in libya. from lexus. r galld welcome to the darker side of green. see your lexus dealer. ♪ today is saturday announcer: 60 minutes of physical activity a day and eating well can help get your child healthy. get ideas. get involved. get going at letsmove.gov. that's letsmove.gov. >>> scenes from misurata, as the violence continues in this conflict. the air campaign against libya has depleted moammar gadhafi's arsenal but he is still defiant and still in power. earlier, i discussed the u.s. role with former secretary of state, madeleine albright. >> thank you very much for joining us. >> good to be with you, don. >> much has been made of this conflict and how the united states got involved. i have to ask you, do you think the president handled this properly and should we have intervened? >> i think he handled it very well. the reason we intervened is that terrible things were happening on the ground in libya. people were being killed. gadhafi himself had said that he was going to s
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